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February 22, 2013

by Joel Newman

Western Illinois Home Health Care is implementing a new care model to better address patients who struggle with chronic conditions that often diminish their quality of life.


In February, the agency started certifying its nursing staff to offer chronic care management to patients within its ten-county service area, allowing for better coordinated, patient-centered care for patients being discharged from the hospital.


“This management model – with the help of our Case Managers – is going to empower patients to take control of their outcomes, while reducing rehospitalizations for many of the patients we see throughout the health care spectrum,” Barb Byers, President/CEO of Western Illinois Home Health Care said. “Recent statistics show that 80 percent of people over 65 are chronically ill. Implementing this model engages the patient in an individually-tailored care plan that meets the specific needs of every patient, while decreasing costly visits to physicians and hospitals.”


The Chronic Care Management Model reduces poor transitions from hospitals to home that often add to increased incidences of chronic care within the health care industry. “Our goal is help every patient with the actions they must take to receive the greatest benefit from the health care services that are available to them, while still giving them the support they need to stay at home,” said Anita Rutzen, Director of Clinical Services.


At the moment of discharge, Case Managers at Western Illinois Home Health Care will work one-on-one with patients to develop a care plan that addresses specific issues that often lead to frequent hospitalizations. This intervention-based model offers an individually-catered plan that offers evidence-based strategies to help the patient achieve a higher quality of life.


“Education also plays a key role in this model. Giving the patients the tools they need to succeed in their care plan will encourage them to be better advocates for themselves,” Byers said.


Western Illinois Home Health Care, the region’s trusted source for home care and supportive services, continues to advance its services to meet the needs of families within West Central Illinois. More information can be found by calling 1-800-228-5993.


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